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Pelvic Floor gone all to pot, have you used one of these?

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Demented Fri 15-Apr-05 15:40:14

I have decided to face facts, my pelvic floor is not all it should be, it stands up to aerobics fine but recently I have been trying to do a little running and am experiencing slight problems.

I do regular pelvic floor exercises but wondered if anyone has tried one of these ? If so are they worth it.

Am off to look for the cones now!

Demented Fri 15-Apr-05 15:44:32

Hmm, just been looking at another site, think I'm doing the exercises OK but probably drink too many caffinated drinks and because I'm at home all day tend to go to the loo as soon as I need, or because I'm going out and just in case rather than holding on for a little while.

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 15:44:45

I have the cones and they're a bit scary. Not getting on too well with them yet.

Haven't seen the Tens machine thing though.

Demented Fri 15-Apr-05 15:52:39

Waswondering are these the cones you have? They don't look like the ones I've seen before.

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:14:21

Link didn't work.

Mine came in an aqua coloured heart shaped box. 2 different ones that you screw weights into (max 20g ). I'm struggling with the empty cone at the moment.

Cursing natural childbirth for evermore too . . .

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:15:07

Got the link to work, and no.

I think it's called "aqua flex" or something.

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:22:11

here

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:22:13

here

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:22:13

here

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:22:37

Sorry. Internet so slow hence multiple postings.

dabihp Fri 15-Apr-05 16:35:38

did u have lots of stitches? This is enough to make me want another cesarean!!!

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:50:17

Yes.

Failed ventouse and successful (?) forceps delivery. Epis scar then broke down (well of course it hurts dear, you've had a baby! Thus was the cry of health profs for 12wks post natally, even when I said I didn't think it should be green!!!!). Multiple infections. Left with permanent damage. No continence probs (thankfully) but have been told to expect (rectal?) prolapse in future. Also had day surgery to cauterise granulations on stitch line. Gynae said my scar tissue "resembled a violin string". Hmmm.

So. Next time will be a cs. Took a long time to come to terms with that, but gynae said he thought my scar would "split wide open" if I attempted it natuarally again. I'm not risking that. No way.

Still receiving monthly physio. DS is 19m.

Gee, that sounds depressing, doesn't it?

But actually, I zip about and am happy and cheery with a cute blond boy!!

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:50:45

Yes.

Failed ventouse and successful (?) forceps delivery. Epis scar then broke down (well of course it hurts dear, you've had a baby! Thus was the cry of health profs for 12wks post natally, even when I said I didn't think it should be green!!!!). Multiple infections. Left with permanent damage. No continence probs (thankfully) but have been told to expect (rectal?) prolapse in future. Also had day surgery to cauterise granulations on stitch line. Gynae said my scar tissue "resembled a violin string". Hmmm.

So. Next time will be a cs. Took a long time to come to terms with that, but gynae said he thought my scar would "split wide open" if I attempted it natuarally again. I'm not risking that. No way.

Still receiving monthly physio. DS is 19m.

Gee, that sounds depressing, doesn't it?

But actually, I zip about and am happy and cheery with a cute blond boy!!

Waswondering Fri 15-Apr-05 16:51:04

Sorry about further multiple postings!!!!!!

Demented Fri 15-Apr-05 20:06:07

Ouch, ouch, ouch, Waswondering!

I had an episiotomy with DS1 and a second degree tear with DS2, both big babies 8lbs 8oz and 9lb 0.5oz and really my pelvic floor is fairly good, as I mentioned earlier aerobics is no problem (was even doing jumping jacks at aerobics this morning), it's just running that does it. Maybe the Tens one would be overkill and the cones would be sufficient.

Waswondering, you mentioned phisio, are the cones you have the ones that are recommended by the professionals?

<this is why I love Mumsnet, there are some things you just cannot ask 'real life' friends>

Waswondering Sat 16-Apr-05 08:36:11

Demented - cones from physio (also have a pelvic floor "educator" which is like a radio antenna!)

Waswondering Sat 16-Apr-05 08:41:08

Demented - when I think further, ask for referral. Physios are delighted to help women of our age, and feel it is very important to correct the pelvic floor before we get any older. Don't dismiss it. They can also give you some electrical stimulation to shock the muscles into action. My prob is the pelvic floor has become lazy around the scar tissue (which I have lots of).

I find it really hard to be disciplined using the cones though. It's quite a thought!

carolou Sat 16-Apr-05 09:55:29

Don't want to blow my own trumpet but have just had 10lb 13oz baby with no stitches, previous baby 11lb 11oz internal stitches only. Highly recommend perineal massage using almond oil (the kind you cook with)I have found I don't have the control I use to with holding in the wee, but have just started back to gym between breastfeeding and school run! I have been given lots of pelvic floor exercises, to help build up the muscle again, it's more fun than doing it at home and you can't forget. NCT do a booklet for £2.50 called Your Pelvic Floor very helpful read.

KatieMac Sat 16-Apr-05 21:07:45

Hi ladies
Apparently my PF is no longer connected to my brain....the nerve is damaged. I had the electro feeback (which works for most women) but then had a macroplastique bladder neck injection - which worked for a time (ie til my family was complete)
18m ago I had TVT which has worked wonders....after 6y of wearing pads - I'm back in frilly knickers.....however the rectal prolapse/rectocele is still causing some problems - but I can deal with it.

Go see a physio in mild cases 6 weeks physio can sort it 85% of cases will be sorted without need for surgery

But do it sooner rather than later...it makes life better

Demented Sat 16-Apr-05 21:17:20

Would my GP refer me then? I really don't want it to get any worse but I didn't think it was bad enough to go to the Dr about, they won't just laugh at me? Will I have to be direct and ask for physio or will they just offer it?

Demented Sat 16-Apr-05 21:19:14

I've just read that you said physio for mild cases Katiemac. I'm a bit of a Dr phobic!

meysey Sat 16-Apr-05 21:39:03

what's a TVT?

KatieMac Sat 16-Apr-05 21:57:11

Tension free vaginal tape

a u shaped bit of (plastic?) with velcro & a needle either end - pushed up thro' a hole in my vagina, either side of my urethra (sp) thro' the skin cut to the right lenght and stuck to my pubic bone.

3 very small (1 stitch) holes - (1 I couldn't see) and dry knickers

one happy lady

Ellaroo Sat 16-Apr-05 22:07:25

KatieMac - how long did it take you to recover from the operation? (may possibly be having one later this year)

KatieMac Sat 16-Apr-05 22:15:25

I don't remember it very well (I have a very selective memory) Pain wise I think it was only a few days....but I was very careful lifting for nearly 2 months - I think I could drive the next week.

AND IT WORKS

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